PREVIEW: Chamber Jazz Ensembles

Be sure to make it out for tonight’s performance of the school’s chamber jazz ensembles. The performance is at 8pm in the Stamps Auditorium of the Walgreen Drama Center. The event is totally free as one of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance’s over 900 annual shows. The college offers many different opportunities students and faculty from both within SMTD and without to participate in chamber ensembles of various size, genre, and difficulty level.
I’m excited to go to this performance as an amateur jazz lover always looking to expand my knowledge and taste in jazz. I’m hoping for there to be a big band style ensemble as I’m hoping to branch out a bit from my typical taste in jazz which is mostly smaller ensembles from around the 1950s. Most of my experience with modern jazz has been Kenny G or the horrible “watercolors” smooth, elevator jazz station my parents love, so my impression of jazz after the 1960s is generally abysmal. I know that there has to be good modern jazz out there though so hopefully this performance will be a step in the right direction and introduce me to some new sounds and composers.

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